Ye Shengtao (Ch叶圣陶/叶圣陶) ( born October 28, 1894 in Suzhou, † February 16, 1988 in Beijing) was a Chinese writer. Da Ye Shengtao had the exam for state officials failed, he was first a teacher in 1911 and from 1923 he worked as an editor for the Commercial Press and in a Shanghai book publishing. From 1919, Ye was a member of a literary society, and from 1921 he was a founder of the "Literary Research Association ". After the founding of the PRC, he obtained high cultural and political functions, and in 1954 Deputy Secretary of Education.
His literary activity he practiced mainly in the 1920s and 1930s. After the May Fourth Movement Ye was relatively unknown. His work consists largely of six volumes narratives, however, next to Ye also wrote a novel, short stories and essays for children.
Themes of his literary work came from the "Literary Research Association ," which he did appear in his stories. These stories deal with problems of the individual in China, which was affected by radical social changes and suffered from loneliness and alienation. Likewise, he also talked about other social problems such as the oppression of women and problems in education in terms of students, pupils and teachers.
Ye Shegtaos stories documenting the political and social conditions and upheavals of the Chinese Republic. He is one of the most prominent figures of the new Chinese literature as well as the "Literary Research Association " and the " League of left-wing writers " dar. His narrative techniques were compared with those of Chekhov, and he created by his experiences as a teacher especially lifelike portraits of this milieu.